Chamisal Estate 2011 Pinot Noir, Edna Valley

Posted by Keith Wallace

Chamisal Estate 2011 Pinot Noir,  Edna Valley

Way back in 1973, Chamisal was the pioneering winery in Edna Valley. Owners and varietals have come and gone, but one thing has remained constant: Pinot Noir from Edna Valley is awesome. This is a rather obscure AVA located in California’s Central Coast, tucked between Paso Robles and Arroyo Grande but closer to the Pacific Ocean.

This is a classic Edna Valley Pinot. Bright flavors of fresh cranberry and persimmon cut into a light flowery body that turns toward a crushed spice element in the finish and the most delicate tannic structure. Earthy notes on the nose and finish are present but not dominant. This type of Pinot Noir should drink with dinner, perhaps a tenderloin of pork with mushrooms.

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